By Jeff Murray • • Staff Writer • April 14, 2009

Rehabilitated bird’s takeoff draws a crowd at Seneca Lake.

WATKINS GLEN – Dozens of people gathered at Clute Park along Seneca Lake on Monday to watch a bald eagle that was grounded for five months take to the skies again.

Children and adults craned their necks for a better look as Mike Allen, an eagle specialist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, removed the yearling bald eagle from a carrier.

The female eagle was found in November just north of Watkins Glen by Deputy Nick Preston of the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared to be injured and couldn’t fly.

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